IUCN - South American States Frustrated in Rio

South American States Frustrated in Rio

21 June 2012 | News story

With just two days left there is a feeling of frustration on the part of many governments here at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in Rio. And many of those are from South America.

Victor Inchausty is Director of IUCN's Regional Office for South America. He takes a look at the reaction so far from delegates.

The draft document, finalized on Tuesday, has laid out aspirations, rather than mandatory goals, on issues like food security, water and energy. It also called for countries to pursue "sustainable development goals," a set of UN objectives built around the environment, economic growth and social inclusion.

Victor Inchausty tells us more about the important issues as seen by the South American delegations.

So with the deal on the table falling short of the deal hoped for where will this leave South America.


This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.